therefore, you'd only need about 30 or 40 democrats. so, that they feel good about. but david, we're up against a legislative clock and the default clock. so, don't be surprised if there's a temporary extension, if necessary, to get the final details done, because they're not done with some of the details, and some democrats are not happy. >> all right, chuck todd, thank you very much, from the white house north lawn. i'm joined by senior adviser to the president, david plouffe. welcome back to "meet the press." >> good morning, david. >> from your vantage point, you're inside the room, is that overly rosy or are you that close? >> well, we don't have a deal. everyone is cognizant, as chuck todd just reported, on both the legislative clock and more importantly, the default clock, so the hours are ticking here. i think what's clear is that there is general agreement that we're going to have deficit reduction in two stages. the first is going to be something the parties largely agree on, about $1 trillion in deficit reduction. the second stage is going to be the trickier elements of entitlement reform and tax reform, which this supercommittee is going to be charged with, and i think it will be incumbent on the members of congress to appoint people to those committees who are going to drive to yes, to try to compromise, get out of their party's comfort zone. >> let me be clear, though, what will the president accept as a deal?